The Price of Globalization

Paul Attewell and S. Madheswaran

in Discrimination in an Unequal World

Published in print July 2010 | ISBN: 9780199732166
Published online September 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199866144 | DOI:
The Price of Globalization

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This chapter examines inequality in the formal sector in urban India — the part of the economy that is more integrated into the global economic system — and pays special attention to caste-related income and employment gaps among highly educated employees. Education pays a significant premium and that, over time, the return on ever-higher qualifications has increased. Predictably this has produced more inequality across classes in India. But this is not coming at the expense of more traditional forms of discrimination. It is shown that returns on education vary by caste and that those on the bottom of the hierarchy benefit less from their educational investment than those above.

Keywords: discrimination; inequality; caste; India; job discrimination; employment gaps; educational qualification

Chapter.  8268 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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